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States where obesity is on the rise

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States where obesity is on the rise

It’s no secret that the United States struggles with an obesity epidemic. In 2017, America had the largest total number of obese adults in the world, with slightly more than a third of the adult population—73,872,022 individuals over the age of 18—having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater. This is especially troubling when considering that China, the nation which ranks second (at 65,706,627 obese individuals) has more than four times as many adults as the United States.

A New Year’s resolution many Americans make is to take charge of their health. Millions each year end their holiday seasons by cutting calories, hitting the gym and making other positive changes. For some, however, a handful of conditions have made it difficult to stop gaining weight, not least of which is the set of nutritional conditions within their environments.

Stacker looked at data from the National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network in order to rank the states where people are gaining the most weight, and assess which communities may be suffering from overly sedentary lifestyles and a lack of access to healthy food. The states are ranked according to their respective 10-year changes in obesity rates from 2006 to 2016, listed with their current obesity rate (percent of individuals with a BMI of 30+) as well as their current overweight rate (percent of individuals with a BMI of 25+).

Read on to see if obesity is getting worse in your home state.

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Sebastian Bass // Flickr

#51. District of Columbia

Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +0.44%
Current obesity rate: 22.60%
Current overweight rate: 30.80%

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Famartin // Wikicommons

#50. Nevada

Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +3.20%
Current obesity rate: 25.80%
Current overweight rate: 36.50%

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Riverside County, CA—Patrick Nouhailler // Flickr

#49. California

Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +7.30%
Current obesity rate: 25.00%
Current overweight rate: 36.00%

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RJ Matthews // Wikicommons

#48. South Carolina

Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +9.86%
Current obesity rate: 32.30%
Current overweight rate: 35.10%

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Medina County, OH—Brenda // Wikicommons

#47. Ohio

Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +10.92%
Current obesity rate: 31.50%
Current overweight rate: 34.80%

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Pixabay

#46. New York

Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +11.35%
Current obesity rate: 25.50%
Current overweight rate: 35.30%

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Public Domain

#45. Minnesota

Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +12.55%
Current obesity rate: 27.80%
Current overweight rate: 37.00%

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Bryan Debus // Flickr

#44. Michigan

Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +12.85%
Current obesity rate: 32.50%
Current overweight rate: 35.00%

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Visitor7 // Wikicommons

#43. Idaho

Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +13.69%
Current obesity rate: 27.40%
Current overweight rate: 37.10%

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Nearby Vinita, OK—The White Pelican // Wikicommons

#42. Oklahoma

Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +13.89%
Current obesity rate: 32.80%
Current overweight rate: 36.00%

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Nearby Beloit, WI—Jason Dean // Wikicommons

#41. Wisconsin

Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +15.41%
Current obesity rate: 30.70%
Current overweight rate: 35.50%

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Garrett // Wikimedia Commons

#40. Utah

Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +15.53%
Current obesity rate: 25.30%
Current overweight rate: 35.00%

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Nearby Ewa Beach, Oahu, Hawaii—Robert Linsdell // Wikicommons

#39. Hawaii

Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +15.53%
Current obesity rate: 23.80%
Current overweight rate: 33.80%

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Virginia State Route 55—Famartin // Wikicommons

#38. Virginia

Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +15.54%
Current obesity rate: 29.00%
Current overweight rate: 36.50%

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Steve Morgan // Wikicommons

#37. Oregon

Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +15.73%
Current obesity rate: 28.70%
Current overweight rate: 33.90%

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Reinhard Kraasch // Wikimedia Commons

#36. Georgia

Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +15.87%
Current obesity rate: 31.40%
Current overweight rate: 34.40%

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Ken Lund // Flickr

#35. Massachusetts

Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +16.26%
Current obesity rate: 23.60%
Current overweight rate: 36.70%

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Jon Platek // Wikicommons

#34. South Dakota

Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +16.54%
Current obesity rate: 29.60%
Current overweight rate: 37.30%

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Nearby St. Louis, MO—Public Domain

#33. Missouri

Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +16.54%
Current obesity rate: 31.70%
Current overweight rate: 35.60%

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#32. Indiana

Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +16.91%
Current obesity rate: 32.50%
Current overweight rate: 34.70%

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USEPA Environmental-Protection-Agency // Wikimedia Commons

#31. Alabama

Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +17.05%
Current obesity rate: 35.70%
Current overweight rate: 33.80%

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Choess // Wikimedia Commons

#30. Delaware

Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +18.08%
Current obesity rate: 30.70%
Current overweight rate: 37.30%

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Kayamon // Wikicommons

#29. Washington

Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +18.18%
Current obesity rate: 28.60%
Current overweight rate: 34.80%

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UltraView Admin // Flickr

#28. Florida

Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +18.61%
Current obesity rate: 27.40%
Current overweight rate: 35.80%

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Nearby Epping, New Hampshire—John Phelan // WIkicommons

#27. New Hampshire

Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +18.75%
Current obesity rate: 26.60%
Current overweight rate: 36.90%

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Visit Mississippi

#26. Mississippi

Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +18.79%
Current obesity rate: 37.30%
Current overweight rate: 34.00%

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Michel Rathwell // Flickr

#25. Wyoming

Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +18.88%
Current obesity rate: 27.70%
Current overweight rate: 36.50%

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Pat Hawks // Flickr

#24. Nebraska

Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +18.96%
Current obesity rate: 32.00%
Current overweight rate: 36.60%

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Ildar Sagdejev // Wikimedia Commons

#23. North Carolina

Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +19.55%
Current obesity rate: 31.80%
Current overweight rate: 35.00%

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rytis77 // Wikicommons

#22. Alaska

Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +19.85%
Current obesity rate: 31.40%
Current overweight rate: 35.30%

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Maryland Route 231—Joshua Kinard // Wikicommons

#21. Maryland

Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +20.08%
Current obesity rate: 29.90%
Current overweight rate: 34.70%

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Sara goth // Wikicommons

#20. Montana

Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +20.28%
Current obesity rate: 25.50%
Current overweight rate: 37.30%

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Bob Duran // Flickr

#19. Kansas

Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +20.46%
Current obesity rate: 31.20%
Current overweight rate: 35.60%

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Ken Lund // Flickr

#18. New Jersey

Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +20.80%
Current obesity rate: 27.30%
Current overweight rate: 36.50%

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Nearby Columbia, Tennessee—jdj150 // Flickr

#17. Tennessee

Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +20.83%
Current obesity rate: 34.80%
Current overweight rate: 33.80%

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Brandon W. Holmes

#16. West Virginia

Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +21.61%
Current obesity rate: 37.70%
Current overweight rate: 33.30%

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OPMaster // Wikimedia Commons

#15. Kentucky

Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +22.14%
Current obesity rate: 34.20%
Current overweight rate: 34.90%

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Larry Johnson // Flickr

#14. Colorado

Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +22.53%
Current obesity rate: 22.30%
Current overweight rate: 35.80%

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Riverrat303 // Wikicomons

#13. New Mexico

Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +23.58%
Current obesity rate: 28.30%
Current overweight rate: 36.60%

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David Wilson // Wikicommons

#12. Rhode Island

Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +24.30%
Current obesity rate: 26.60%
Current overweight rate: 37.10%

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American007 // Wikicommons

#11. Iowa

Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +24.51%
Current obesity rate: 32.00%
Current overweight rate: 36.70%

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Ron Reiring // Wikicommons

#10. North Dakota

Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +25.59%
Current obesity rate: 31.90%
Current overweight rate: 36.20%

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(vincent desjardins) // Flickr

#9. Illinois

Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +25.90%
Current obesity rate: 31.60%
Current overweight rate: 33.40%

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WestportWiki // Wikicommons

#8. Connecticut

Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +26.21%
Current obesity rate: 26.00%
Current overweight rate: 35.90%

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Adam Jones // Wikicommons

#7. Pennsylvania

Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +26.25%
Current obesity rate: 30.30%
Current overweight rate: 35.10%

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Alan Stark // Flickr

#6. Arizona

Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +26.64%
Current obesity rate: 29.00%
Current overweight rate: 34.20%

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Kenneth C. Zirkel // Wikicommons

#5. Vermont

Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +27.83%
Current obesity rate: 27.10%
Current overweight rate: 34.70%

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U.S. Department of Defense Photo

#4. Texas

Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +28.74%
Current obesity rate: 33.60%
Current overweight rate: 34.80%

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Kenneth C. Zirkel // Wikicommons

#3. Maine

Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +29.44%
Current obesity rate: 29.90%
Current overweight rate: 35.30%

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Nearby Baton Rouge, Louisiana—Spatms // Wikicommons

#2. Louisiana

Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +31.00%
Current obesity rate: 35.50%
Current overweight rate: 33.70%

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Bruce W. Stracener // Wikimedia Commons

#1. Arkansas

Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +32.71%
Current obesity rate: 35.70%
Current overweight rate: 32.50%

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